ANCIENT AND PRIMITIVE RITE
TABLE OF CONTENTS
“IF” Proclamation: Freemasonry and its General Principles: Freemasonry: A School of Initiation: The Name of the Rite: History of the Rite of Memphis-Misraïm: Recent Developments: The Different French Obediences: A Brief Overview: Some Statements For Your Better Understanding: A List of Grand Masters (France & Other Jurisdictions): Memphis-Misraïm: A Rite for the Future: To Seek Admission: “WHO CRIES?” Contact Information
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you
But making allowance for their doubt too. but none too much.
Or walk with kings--nor lose the common touch.
Or being lied about.
And lose. don’t deal in lies.
Or being hated.
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run.
And yet don’t look too good.
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone. my son!
If all men count with you.
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools.
And stoop and build’em up with worn-out tools:
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it all on one turn of pitch and toss.
And--which is more--you’ll be a Man. broken.
Or watch the things you gave your life to.
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting. and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss.
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on!”
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue.
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you.“IF”
If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you. nor talk too wise:
If you dream--and not make your dreams your master.
Yours is the Earth and everything that is in it.
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
and treat those two imposters just the same. do not give way to hating.
If you can think --and not make your thoughts your aim.
where reposes the Venerable Ark of our Tradition. nor learned. to publish these Great International Constitutions. The Exoteric can be learned. two eyes to perceive the same object. No Mason.”
All light.” In the same way. what ever be his masonic degree. It repeats: incline your head to that Sovereign and Mysterious Power that the human reason is unable to define or to deny and that Freemasonry proclaims under the name of: “GRAND ARCHITECT OF THE UNIVERSE OR SUBLIME ARCHITECT OF ALL WORLDS”. taught and given. To those that will have the task to see that they are executed.
. The Esoteric constitutes the Thought. the science above all others. the Exoteric. thou hast two ears to hear the same sound.TO THE GLORY OF THE GRAND ARCHITECT OF THE
THE SUBLIME ARCHITECT OF ALL WORLDS
THE ANCIENT AND PRIMITIVE RITE
OF MEMPHIS -MISRAÏM
PROCLAMATION OR PREAMBLE
“Man. nor given: “it comes from on high. the structure. unless called within.
The International Sovereign Sanctuary of THE ANCIENT AND PRIMITIVE RITE OF MEMPHIS-MISRAÏM. To all. science or doctrine emanates from the International Sovereign Sanctuary. grade or dignity. The Esoteric can not be taught. can enter therein. two hands to execute the same deed. It says: Peace on the earth to men of goodwill. has decided so as to maintained this unity in its Temples. is both Esoteric and Exoteric. International Coordination. it says: be just. To those that will have to comply. Masonic Science. considering that the first duty an organized body is to maintain unity in the legislation that governs each of its parts.
7. and charters men’s and women’s lodges. in order to constitute a permanent center of fraternal union where reigns a perfect harmony of thought. (excerpts from the Grand Constitutions)
. but also charters mixed gender lodges.fashioning the initiated by subtracting all domination and making them free and sovereign masters of themselves. imposes on all its members the respect of the opinions of others. Masonry. thinking independently. and guarantees this liberty to all who follow the path. Freemasonry reminds all its members to respect the laws of the Country in which they live and considers the obligation to work within the Craft im perative. by the use of symbolic and esoteric forms. 9. which can be revealed and explained only by the Initia tion. The International Order of the Ancient and Primitive Rite of Memphis Misraïm admits women in absolute equality with men (identical Rituals and identical grades). which compels them to put into practice an ideal of peace. Masonry is a association of independent men and women. Masonry has for its aim the moral and spiritual perfection of humanity and for its means the propagation of a true philanthropy.FREEMASONRY AND ITS GENERAL PRINCIPLES
1. The Freemasonry of the Ancient and Primitive Rite of Memphis Misraïm. It imposes no limits on the free search for TRUTH. listening to the voice of their own conscience. 6. It requires the tolerance of all members. 3. love and fraternity. having shaken the yoke of their passions and becoming fully con scious of their responsibilities. free and of good morals. 8.
4. a humanitarian. Its object is the application of the Royal Art . unfettered by the tyranny of reigning prejudices. 5. foreign to all sectarian influence. has for its essential basis the belief in a Supreme Power expressed and invoked under the name of THE GRAND ARCHITECT OF THE UNIVERSE
THE SUBLIME ARCHITECT OF ALL WORLDS
2. initiatic and spiritual institution. philosophical.
and their high reputation as builders made them sought after by the nobility. heirs to the Central European monastic associations and the Byzantine Colleges which. the growing peace of material security and the immigration of artisans enabled the brotherhoods of Master builders to regroup. Members of the college transmitted. the secrets of building construction. there were numerous upheavals in the social order and what was left of the Collegia integrated with the Monastic orders. had their origins in the Roman Collegia. These builders were themselves closely tied to the Knights Templar and to the Templarbuilding associations. which were then multiplying in the Christian world. C. Via this chain. and jealously guarded. in their turn.). united in a feeling of pious solidarity. to share meals.D. Pythagoras and Plato are believed to be among these high initiates.
. All historians and commentators agree that modern Freemasonry has its immediate origins in the master Mason builders of the great European Gothic Cathedrals of the Middle Ages. Little by little. The thick walls of these institutions offered a secure refuge to maintain the torch for the arts and sciences and allowed the builders to escape fro m constraint and move about freely. So they constructed the churches and convents of the era (6th and 7th Centuries A. This uninterrupted chain leads us back to the important Initiatic Schools of Egypt in which certain adherents had attained the highest degree of initiation.FREEMASONRY: A SCHOOL OF INITIATION HISTORY AND ORIGINS It is interesting and useful to know the institutional affiliations of which Freemasonry is the outcome or continuation. Undoubtedly the religious aspect was presided over by a master of the “college”. Each Collegia had a communal home where the artisans met on certain days. Freemasonry can be said to date back to the sixth century B. Moses. After the fall of Rome.
the teaching of the ancient mystery schools of which it is the trustee and heir. So the build ers worked on the sites. to allow each. The ancient builders.The Masonic bond with the Order of the Temple. to create the necessary relationship for their own spiritual growth. FREEMASONRY: AN INITIATORY SOCIETY Modern Freemasonry aims to build the interior Temple that is the core self of every individual. however. To the ancient builders. hidden in the symbols of the buildings themselves and the sculpture adorning them. by their own study. actualized by the rites. The products of their endeavors. all of life's acts were intermingled with religious meaning. both initiatory and as holders of the principal traditions. is undeniable. To do this. During the construction of these monuments. whose effectiveness greatly surpasses the interpretation that is given and which finds its vastness in the legitimacy of its affiliation. in Lodges.
. symbols are put at the disposition of the adherent. were not just architects or stonecutters. Freemasonry is an authentic initiatory society because it transmits a true initiation and conveys through its rituals and symbols. the imposing cathedrals . where only the people of the profession were admitted and the secrets of construction were transmitted from Master to student. Those who had found refuge in Scotland consequently founded Scottish Freemasonry. The end of the great operative period of construction marked the beginning of that which we now call speculative where the philosophical aspect of the initiatory work has continued to the present time. were and are still the true Esoteric Books of Wisdom where the Masters of that age wrote down the inherited knowledge of the mysteries of Antiquity. Upon the dissolution of the Knights Templar at the hands of the Inquisition. the members met to work upon metaphysical research and philosophical teachings. The work had a sacred character because it symbolized the creation of beings and things by the Divine. Initiation confers a particular spiritual influence. several of its members took refuge in European countries where the Order still existed or in the Lodges of the Masonic builders.
It provides one access to the Divine within. leading one to the path of knowledge and a reintegration with a higher state. having as its goal a real transformation of the individual. Initiation by itself does not bestow the Light but it puts the subtle bodies in harmony and opens the interior organs of perception. This step implies three conditions: 1) The quality of the inherent possibilities of the individual's own nature which is the Prima Materia on which the work must be carried out. their labor is carried out in a particular framework. It is the search for the Lost Word. The initiatic method is an essentially intuitive path and that is why Freemasonry uses symbols to provoke this enlightenment as these symbols speak the language of the unconscious. The object of initiation is to guide the individual towards this Knowledge by an interior illumination . THE MASONIC LODGE When Freemasons meet. 2) The imparting of the spiritual influx that allows one to be part of a traditional organization that encourages the development of one's potential. The best possible instruction cannot give Knowledge because the awakening cannot be provoked except by a systematic introspection which must be supported by the knowledge of deep seated psychic mechanisms. accompanied by precise ritual in which each word and each gesture possesses a teaching that leads one to perceive and understand.All authentic Initiatic steps aim at awakening the adherent. a personal blossoming. The Masonic Lodge is the harmonious reflection of the Cosmos. The initiation transmitted throughout Freemasonry is a kind of spiritual alchemy. projection and understanding of the human *I* at whose center is the transcendent Light. 3) The inner work which leads one to pass through the initiatic hierarchy in order to guide oneself towards deliverance or the highest identity. and a personal realization. governed by
The Freemason seeks to avoid instability and psychomental disorders that characterize the ordinary person because the ultimate goal of the Order is personal reintegration into the State of Original Perfection. Indispensable keys are available to each person to help open the doors to the interior. the very basis of all spiritual development. teach any particular belief or contain any global truth. Freemasonry is a school of freedom where the thoughts and conscience of each member may be freely expressed. The first has a philosophical or humanistic approach. moral and metaphysical issues and to discuss them in an atmosphere of openness and nobility and great tolerance. This method is perhaps what most distinguishes Freemasonry from other initiatory societies because it does not impose any ready-made ethics. whereas
. MODERN MASONRY Modern Masonry is divided into two main approaches: liberal and traditional. In this way. each person must discover this by themselves. even though it is an integral part of the development in the Masonic search for Truth. rather it enhances one's possibilities by creating a place outside of the daily routine where rituals and symbols encourage inner reflection. and presented at a level more easily accessible to the human being: it appears as a reflection of our own psychic faculities and the Mason ought to try and establish this harmony within. Neither does it impose any restrictions on the search for Truth.the great Laws of the Universe. MASONRY: A SCHOOL AND A TECHNIQUE The word school implies a system of learning and that is what the Freemason partakes of from the time of one's request for admission into the Order until one's full personal blossoming. No one can take the place of the individual in discovering the Truth. Masons have the freedom to present works touching on the highest philosophical. To know how to find the meaning of the Sacred is a certain key to advancement toward complete fulfillment. It refuses the comfort of the truth of others. By the teachings.
A recent decision to appear more visible for a certain time allows us to make known the first step to those who might be interested in joining or affiliating with our Order. that of being a beacon for humanity.the second is spiritualistic.to which Memphis -Misraïm belongs and which is French in its origins .. These diverse tendencies may seem to be in opposition to one another but in reality have a common vocation. kabbala. however. Freemasons share the knowledge and serenity of those who want to be and are masters of themselves and their destiny. mythology etc.directs its work to study and symbolic research. Spiritu alistic or traditional Freemasonry is directed toward the glory of the Great Architect of the Universe.. Freemasonry is not a religion and each Freemason is free to practice the religion of their own choice in an atmosphere of complete tolerance for this choice. The aim is to form free beings and little by little. Freemasonry may appear complex and confusing. Above all.
. The spiritualistic masonries trace their origins to England and are characterized by the practice of rituals work exclu sively. as well as psychology and philosophy. CONCLUSION To the general public. humanistic Freemasonry is concerned almost exclusively with the great sociological questions and work toward the progress of humanity. to modify their egotistical and impulsive behaviors in order that these conscious personalities might open up to the world around them. strongly influenced by esotericism and the Sacred Sciences (astrology.). In a general way one can say that liberal. liberal. tradition . if not secret. is discreet in the world. It is not a “secret society”. but a society with secrets. The Ancient and Primitive Rite of Memphis -Misraïm is a Masonic Rite that. to bring to human beings a profound understanding of the web of their destinies and to unite them beyond all that usually divides the profane world. The other.
we find the Rite of Misraïm (Venice.1788) and the Rite of Memphis (Montauban. The Rite is an initiatic way in itself.1815).THE NAME OF THE RITE:
Rite: it is the set of rules and ceremonies practiced in our Tradition. founder of the modern Italian state. and from the Primitive Rite of Phila delphes in Narbonne in 1779. It appears in documents associated with the Sociniens. Their constitu tional patent was given by Cagliostro. a group in Venice. Ancient: Originally in our Rite. France . This term stands for the government of the Rite. It is there that the Rite was created by Initiates in contact with this ancient civilization. It was our Grand Master Giuseppe GARIBALDI. Italy . Sovereign Sanctuary: specific to the Rite of Memphis -Misraïm.
. who prepared and achieved the fusion of the two Rites in 1881. Primitive: the current Rite of Memphis -Misraïm descends directly from the Primitive Rite of Paris in 1721. Memphis: Is a city of ancient Egypt situated at the point of the delta of the Nile. Misraïm: this Hebrew word is the plural of “Egyptian”.
who were both Grand Commander of the Scottish Rite. Its filiation came through Cagliostro who had entrusted it with the lower (first) Degrees of The Grand Lodge of England and the higher Degrees of German Templar Masonry. and some of their dignitaries were very influential persons. The Rite of Philadelphes. symbolism. They had numerous Lodges in France. the Carbonaris recruited members in Misraïm and Memphis. During the 19th Century. this Masonic Obedience. The Rite of Misra ïm had been founded in Venice in 1788. the Obedience is the meeting place of Masons who share an attraction for esoterics. who became its first Grand Master.. originated when the two rites of Memphis and Misraïm were merged in 1881 by Garibaldi. The Rite of Memphis -Misra ïm perpetuates the tradition of attachment to the principles of tolerance and freedom of thought which made it the refuge and recruitment ground of the Carbonaris during the Reign of the White Terror in the 19th Century.HISTORY OF THE RITE
Historically. hermeticism. Some are even at the helm of other. In France. To these two rites were added initiatic Degrees which came from esoteric obediences of the 18th Century: The Primitive Rite. etc.
.. There are about 90 Lodges in France. that celebrated its bi centennial in 1988. The Rite of Memphis was constituted in Montauban in 1815 by Freemasons who had taken part in the Mission to Egypt with Napoleon Bonaparte in 1799. In these Workshops are a few hundred members among whom we find Masons from all Obediences who are most qualified in the field of esoterics. more secret organizations. not counting the higher Degree workshops. such as the Duke Decazeo and the Count Muraire. etc.
the Primitive Rite. who was then the number one enemy. in Naples. in Montauban. and in Lebanon the Druse-Masonry that Gerard de Nerval had also met. He had the first three Degrees of English Freemasonry and the higher Degrees from Germany. THE RITE OF MEMPHIS Most of the members who accompanied Bonaparte on the Mission in Egypt were Masons belonging to the old initiatic Rites: Philaletes. It spread rapidly to Milan. it was restored in 1838 and dissolved once more in 1841. which was greatly influenced by the Templar tradition. and all were Masons of the Grand Orient of France. After being clandestine for 18 years. the Lieutenant General Baron Teste. 5 in Toulouse. Having discovered in Cairo a Gnostic-Hermetic survival. the Duke of Leicester. which is the only reminder of this Egyptian Rite which gave their obediential personality. 3 in Bordeaux. Naples.
. Indeed. so they chose to work at the Templar Rite. 3 in Lausanne. etc. 6 in Metz. From 1810 to 1813. Again brought out of the underground in 1848. Misraïm quickly became the Masonic Obedience which transmitted the required Third Degree to the Carbonari. and this group then had 22 Lodges in Paris. the Duke of Saxe -Weimar. Genoa. the three Bedarride brothers successfully developed the Rite in France. Misraïm evolved towards its merger with the Rite of Memphis in 1881. almost under the protection of The Scottish Rite.. And thus was born the Rite of Memphis in 1815. They did not want to participate in his Magical-Kabbalistic rituals. and which dated back to the operative Masonry which had accompanied their protectors. African Brothers. and 1 in Courtray. it had illustrious Masons at its helm: the Count of Muraire. A group of Socinians (an anti-trinitary Protestant sect) asked a patent of constitution from Cagliostro who was then in Trieste (he came to Venice and stayed for six weeks).. So Cagliostro conferred their only Masonic Light. the Duke Decazeo. The police of the restauration obtained its dissolution because it was fiercely anticlerical and anti-royalist. which was the realization of Garibaldi. under the direction of Samuel Harris and Marconis de Negre. the Templars. and appeared in France with Michel Bedarride who had received the Grand Mastery (ultimate powers) in 1810. 6 in Lyon. the Brothers of the Mission in Egypt decided to renounce the Masonic affiliation which had come from the Grand Lodge of England and to start again with a new Rite that would owe nothing to England. from B.THE RITE OF MISRAIM The first mention of the Rite was in Venice in 1788. Sovereign Grand Commander of The Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite... 3 in Geneva. The name of Misraïm is the plural form of Egyptian. DeLasalle. During the White Terror.
Memphis also became clandestine and returned from the underground only in 1848. had the same Grand Master in 1816. the agreements of 1863 with the Grand Orient of France. “ad vitam” (the Brothers abroad had not suffered the political persecutions like in France).
THE RITE OF MEMPHIS-MISRAIM The Rites of Memphis and Misraïm.As the Rite of Misra ïm regrouped the Jacobites who were nostalgic of the Republic and the Carbonari. the Rites begin to regroup Masons of the Grand Orient of France and of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite who were interested by the studies of the esoterics of Masonic symbolism: Gnosis. followed by the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite). the Rite of Memphis very quickly regrouped the semi-retired of the ex -great army and the Bonapartists faithful to the Eagle. its seal was comprised of the Fleur-de-Lis. moreover. just like Misra ïm.. it had illustrious people within its ranks. The two Rites. Indeed. these two Rites had inherited and were the depositors of the old initiatic Obediences of the 18th Century: The Rite of Philalethes. The Hermetic Rite. The Primitive Rite. even Hermetics and Occultism. the 95 Degrees of the Rite of Memphis -Misraïm should be considered an ambulatory where rests old Masonic Degrees that are not practiced anymore. until 1881. which was not hierarchical in the beginning but which quickly became such. and all this represented. etc. in Misra ïm: 90 Degrees. speak only of the classical 33 Degrees (Rite of Perfection. and in Memphis: 95 Degrees. such as Louis Blanc. Dissolved in 1841. Dissolved again in 1850. The Rite of Philadelphia. or very little. which was to become the the Grand Lodge of France. with the advent of the Republic.
. and it succeeded in obtaining the dissolution of Memphis. How to administer and use this ill-assorted ensemble? When Garibaldi was appointed the first International Grand Master. reactivated in 1853. and of 1896 with the Grand Lodge of the Scottish Rite. a kind of classification was made. and not as a scale of values. Furthermore. In fact. But that did not last. Now. who soon became the unifier of Memphis and Misraïm. a prelude to the future merger. Kabbalah. followed parallel roads and even in concert in the same particular climate. however. But the Grand Orient was then monarchist in its majority. Memphis joined the Grand Orient in 1862 because it was obliged to do so by a decision of the Prince-President. and Garibaldi. With numerous Lodges abroad. and in 1826 this Rite took up its work again inside the same Grand Orient.
such as the Royal Arch. (Center of Liaison and Information of the Masonic Pow ers. and a certain particular preparation is required. 90th. On their altars. indicates. and their fidelity. On the 10th of May.P. It is among them that the International Grand Master chooses the members who serve on the International Sovereign Sanctuary. The 87th. 88th. Other Degrees.I. Some have compared it to an Episcopal Consecration. Patriarch Grand Conservator.L. Signatories of the Call of Strasbourg). supreme governing body of the Rite. 1991. are not mandatory and are left to the choice of the Brothers.A. The Rite of Memphis -Misraïm perpetuates its traditions of fidelity to democratic principles and to the initiatic Sciences. and the 33rd Degree (Sovereign Grand Inspector General). the Rule. they add to the traditional interlacing of the Compass and Square. the French Obedience was admitted into C. the 32nd Degree (Prince of the Royal Secret).
. Knighthood (Chivalry) is transmitted to certain Brothers with the 20th Degree (Knights Templar or Knight of the Temple). the 95th Degree confers upon them the right to sit on the “Council of Sages” in their quality as Grand Conservator of the Rite. thus registering its action on the sides of European and liberal Freemasonry.S. descended directly from the Ancient Strict Templar Observance and the Knights Beneficent of the Holy City of Jean-Baptiste Willermoz. the 66th. the 28th Degree (Knight of the Sun). Since March 1990. The 66th Degree (Patriarch Grand Consecrator) is conferred only to certain Brothers who could be called upon to act as Consecrator. the 14th Degree (Grand Elect of the Sacred Vault). the President of the National Council elect in sures the administration of all the Blue Lodges of the Rite in France and in the Associate Countries. and 90th Degrees comprise what is referred to in textbooks as the Arcana Arcanorum. symbol of the Grand Architect of the Universe and of Divine Law. Additionally. the 30th Degree (Knight Kadosh). the 18th degree (Knight Rose-Croix). their knowledge.S.The Memphis -Misra ïm higher Degree Workshops must work: the 4th Degree (Secret Master). Those who are admitted to the 95th Degree become the protectors and conservators of the Rite as their name. the 13th Degree (Royal Arch). the 9th Degree (Master Elect of Nine). and 95 Degrees may be conferred on Masons in recompense for their valor. The Lodges of Memphis -Misraïm work the Egyptian Rite. 89th.
the Grand Master of Belgium.
.The Rite remembers its dead with honor . was beheaded by the Nazis the previous year. and Brother D E LAIVE.the Grand Master Constant CHEVILLON was assassinated by the Vichy militia in 1944.
Switzerland. among them: Dr. Charles Detre (alias Teder). 1998. in the early part of the 20th Century. the United States. In 1964. Italy. Bolivia. Chile. after which a new International Grand Master would be elected from among the Grand Masters of the various National Sovereign Sanctuaries throughout the world where the Rite of Memphis -Misraïm has Lodges. the direction of the Rite has been assumed by various Grand Masters. the Lodges in South America decided that the International Grand Master should be from a French-speaking nation. held in New York. Constant Chevillion. England. Haiti. but the political situation in the countries of that continent has been detrimental to all Masonry for many years and only recently has begun to spring up again. Brazil. mainly in Europe. The Rite has Lodges in France. The President of the International Sover eign Sanctuary would assume the title of International Grand Master for a set term of office. Garibaldi. It had. Gerard Encausse (PAPUS). certain countries of Af rica. Madagascar. and that the Rite's general headquarters should be in Paris. several thousand members in South America. Canada. etc. The individual thus elected would hold the office for one term only. Robert Ambelain. and that this should be eliminated. Since the first General Grand Master. Australia. Jean Bri caud. Belgium. 1998. Charles-Henri Dupont. Argentina. Gerard Kloppel and George Claude Vieilledent.
The Rite of Memphis -Misraïm actually gathers a few thousand members. the latter since August. it was agreed that the title of Grand Master “ad vitam” (for life) was archaic. as of the International Sovereign Sanctuary meeting of August 14-18. and would not be permitted to succeed himself. However.
.The INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION "DROIT HUMAIN" whose origin goes back to 1882. This International Order is represented throughout the world. in the beginning. . It acquired its independence in 1901.
. among these are. Numerically this Obedience is the most important. All its Lodges work the same Rite. Other more recent Obediences enrich universal Freemasonry by their diversities. They have been par ticularly developed in the course of the last few years.The GRAND ORIENT OF FRANCE is a federation of Rites. It was founded in 1773. is an Obedience which gathers men and women. with the Grand Lodge of France. .THE DIFFERENT FRENCH OBEDIENCES :
.The GRAND LODGE FEMININE OF FRANCE worked.The GRAND LODGE OF FRANCE was founded in 1894. namely:
The GRAND LODGE TRADITIONAL And SYMBOLIC OPERA The UNIVERSAL MIXED GRAND LODGE The MIXED GRAND LODGE OF FRANCE
The ANCIENT AND PRIMITIVE RITE OF MEMPHIS-MISRAÏM maintains privileged relations with these Obediences.
Traditional and In i tiatic. the Indian Ocean. The Rite of Memphis -Misraïm perpetuates besides. under the White Terror. the Ancient and Primitive Rite of Mem phis -Misraïm is present in the United States. among them some esotericists of a very high level of which some are at the head of more closed Organizations. the Rite amounts to about a thousand members. the tradition of attachment to the principles of tolerance and liberty of thought which made it. the Rite gathers Masons who share an affinity for Sy m bolism. South America. the other feminine. Europe.A BRIEF OVERVIEW :
The Rite of Memphis -Misraïm is the oldest French Obedience after the Grand Orient of France." Memphis -Misraïm constitutes in fact two branches: one exclusively masculine. and elsewhere. at the present time in relations with most of the French and foreign Obediences. In France.
. Australia. the Antilles. Its origin goes back more than 200 years. An international Masonry. Its strength. Africa. Esotericism and Hermeticism. An Obedience defining itself as "Symbolic. This Rite is. In France. Canada. the refuge and nursery of the Carbonari. in the 19th Century. its vigor and its repute is founded more on its specific features than on the number of its members.
and finally.SOME STATEMENTS FOR YOUR BETTER UNDERSTANDING: The Masonic Order is a carrier of promises. is the delivery in question of the being. The Masonic Lodge is a hope. This desire of going beyond oneself entails another vision for the profane of his duties . The application to enter into the Masonic Order is a sign of a search and of a commitment. This awareness is acquired progressively. This birth into a new existence. already by the exercise of rituals. it has paid a heavy price for its contribution. to the necessity of the trial. one will have understood it! The Masonic engagement constitutes nothing other than the search for personal harmony. to assume his evolution. in order to result in striving for justification with the regard to the Universe. Freemasonry testifies that one could live his life in a healthy and fruitful activity and this by an altruism freed of its hin drances. then to Humanity. the vegetable.
. One doesn't enter into Freemasonry as one enters into religion. victim of intolerance. to a concept of the Divine." Otherwise. put into concrete form first through the Lodge to which one becomes affiliated.in the first place. From the necessity of the apprenticeship. the animal. This is the key to Initiation. allows to define the place that occupies Man among the other kingdoms that is the mineral. towards himself. The free man is the product of the work that he accomplishes. The symbolic studies in particular. by way of Initiation. but also by a totality of work. it is important to remember here that. that is to say who goes "toward the United. as it is established that Freemasonry has brought many to Humanity. The Lodge invites each to go towards himself. The Freemason therefore defeats his passions and dies to himself in order to be born again to his state of Ini tiation. In its fullness it prepares man. Freemasons are builders.
It is in this place. it sets to work a hu man and sacred experience. SYMBOLIC Masonry gives an explanation of symbolism and dis poses the beginnings of philosophical research. (The grades above the Ninetieth are Administrative in nature. Masonic discipline is founded on a Tradition. symbolically. Its object is to put the student on the track of origi nal research of the causes and effects. and Fraternity will be instituted between the Brothers . a closed and sacred place.The Lodge is. studies the religious myths of the different ages of Humanity and admits the most advanced philosophical and esoteric work. .
. The degrees of instruction conferred by the Order of MemphisMisraïm are divided into three series which constitute: . Equality. SYMBOLIC Masonry. PHILOSOPHICAL Masonry.from the First to the Third Degree. HERMETIC or ESOTERIC Masonry. . that the bonds and privileged relationships of Lib erty. PHILOSOPHICAL Masonry teaches the philosophy of history. HERMETIC and ESOTERIC Masonry is occupied with high phi losophy. it constitutes a liberating Authority.from the Fourth to the Thirty-Third Degree. and are reserved for the members of the various Sovereign Sanctuar ies). in this Workshop.from the Thirty-Fourth to the Ninetieth Degree. as well as the ancient myths.
it has collided with the limits of its immense desire to progress. as well as through life. If modern Freemasonry feels sometimes a hesitation to enroll in the historic flow of the world.
. The "fight for profane Life" appears to have taken modern Masonry out of the "fight for Spiritual Love.Conscious of the limits of this century of science and technology yet powerful in its foundation inherited from the Temples of Memphis. The Ancient and Primitive Rite Memphis-Misraïm addresses itself to sincere seekers.and cannot . and for whom enlightened acts constitute the only real contribution to the good of Humanity. and a living inte gration of the Symbolic. we still see poverty. despite its best efforts. which is neither intellectual or morally judgmental. and partake. self ishness. The Temple of Man and Humanity must be raised. the Rite invites each to pass from the rational Knowing of today. The Rite of Mem phis -Misraïm invites all beings of good will. in the strict sense of the term.satisfy the Soul and Mind. who are not satisfied with words alone." The possession of material goods does not . it is because after having lived as a journeyman from 1723 until today. to inner Knowledge. liberty. However. desirous of perfecting themselves by working on symbolism and esotericism. to this immense worksite. notably anxious to search for the elements to answer the seri ous problems of our times. injustice. This system is a renewed vision of the world at the dawn of the XXIst century. Freemasonry continues its desire to arrive at universal fraternity through education. It invites its members to become part of a process. and the pursuit of happiness. and tyranny active in today’s world.
the Sovereign Grand Master of the USA has the title of President of the National Council. Compass. President of the International Sovereign Sanctuary: 1998 Georges Claude VIEILLEDENT The Sovereign Grand Masters of the USA: 1998 Ronald Cappello Since 1998. He is elected by the National Council for a period of three years. and Sacred Book. And the President of the International Sovereign Sanctuary now serves for a term of three years. No religious test shall ever be required of any petitioner for the benefits of Masonry other than a steadfast belief in the existence and perfec tion of a Supreme Being and no Lodge in this Rite shall receive any candi date without the acknowledgment of such belief. France
*First International Grand Master
. Lodges work with the tradi tional Square. to which they add the Ruler which symbolizes the Great Architect of the Universe and the Divine Law. ZOLA 1881 Joseph GARIBALDI* 1900 Ferdinand DELLI ODI 1902 John YARKER 1913 Theodore REUSS 1936 Guérino TROILO 1946 Georges LAGREZE 1966 Robert AMBELAIN 1985 Gérard KLOPPEL France Egypt Egypt
In 1990.THE INTERNATIONAL GRAND-MASTERS: 1838 Jean Etienne MARCONIS 1869 Marquis de BEAUREGARD 1874 Salvadtore A. the title of the International Presiding Officer was changed.
The principal specificities of the Order Memphis -Misraïm reside in the following principles: .to practice a Rite that permits man to find the way to his own interior realization. or Degrees. initiatic. All Masonry is thus in essence. which constitutes a non-dogmatic center of individual perfection and the basis of Universal Masonry. which constitutes a method of perfection.to inspire an opening whereby intelligence of the heart and esoteric knowledge harmonize in our time. But.
. to remove little by little the being of his imperfections thus permitting himself to pro gress toward Knowledge. According to their sensitivity and their aspirations. Today.MEMPHIS -MISRAÏM. .to vivify the Tradition transmitted by Ancient Egypt. they are based on humanist and social or spiritual and esoteric foundations. A RITE FOR THE FUTURE
The Freemasonry of tomorrow will be even more united in order to contribute to man’s success in becoming enriched by his differences. . Freemasonry gathers in the world about seven million men and women. In the symbolic plan. . it will be the developer. It is only in the development of this Light that the different sensitivities will define themselves. they meet in the first three levels." which means. these peo ple are divided into different Obediences and practice various different Rites. the Mason must trim the "Rough Ashlar. The Initiation orientates him on the path. and the Light given to the profane is the same whatever the Obedience where it is diffused. symbolically. whatever their specificities.to develop the spiritual value of the initiatic quest.
you must be at least 21 years old.two (2) passport photographs. . .
The Masonic commitment naturally implies. and answered the questions they pose to you. . The record of candidacy for any seeker for admission will include: .have not been convicted of a felony or any other heinous crime. . preservation and upkeep of administrative structures.
. it is necessary to meet the following conditions: . the development.the truthful answering of the questions asked on your application.a handwritten letter of your motivation (intent). on the material plane.have undergone a test in Lodge before you can be initiated into the Rite. . It therefore necessitates the discharge of a yearly contribution : "the capitation".two (2) copies of your birth certificate or passport.a curriculum vitae.TO SEEK ADMISSION
In order to be received as a Freemason within the Rite of Memphis Misraïm. or Sisters. .have been interviewed by several of the Brothers. .
the Son of the Widow.WHO CRIES ?
Who cries? You. the derisory.
Faithful at last to your true destiny.
You go. unconscious and thoughtless. looking for your murdered soul.
Who you killed in the muddy road?
Are you not.
Oedipus the King?
Tired already of unfruitful loves.
Of the vanities of this World or the other.
blind and limping patricide.
And slowly toward the Azure routes.
What do you seek on your strange quest?
What do you hope for with this lengthy travail?
What is the object of your curious investigation?
Don't you know. among the ruins of the Temple.
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